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April 22, 2018

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Inspiring Picture Book Biographies: Hidden Figures – The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

April 22, 2018

 

Hidden Figures – The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Written By: Margot Lee Shetterly

Illustrated By: Laura Freeman

Publisher: HarperCollins

 

Why I Love It: My husband and I both loved the movie Hidden Figures and talked about it long after we left the theater. If you enjoyed the movie and/or the original adult book, you will find this picture book appealing as well. With stunning illustrations and simple text, this book makes a great gift for kids. HIDDEN FIGURES highlights Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden – smart, persistent women who made significant contributions in math and science during times of segregation. Despite being told they can't and they shouldn't, these women did! My favorite scene is the one where Katherine asked to attend meetings with other experts on her team, but her boss said this was impossible. “Women aren’t allowed to attend meetings,” he said. But Katherine didn’t give up. She was confident in her math skills, and she asked her boss over and over until he finally invited her to the meetings. Interesting back matter in this book includes a timeline of key events, a short, informative profile of each woman, and a glossary of space terms. This wonderful picture book highlights important issues of equality and dignity for all.

 

Learn more about Margot Lee Shetterly at her website.

 

Author Michelle Meadows blogs about reading, writing, and publishing children’s books. Subscribe to receive Michelle’s email newsletter/blog posts.

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